Pakistan former PM Imran Khan jailed for leaking state secrets
Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly leaking state secrets. Already serving a three-year term for corruption, Khan dismisses all charges as politically motivated.
This conviction under the Secrets Act comes just before general elections, where he is barred from standing. Former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also received a 10-year prison sentence in the same case.
The accusations involve the purported leaking of secret diplomatic correspondence during Khan’s prime ministership. Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), vows to challenge the court ruling, labelling it a “sham case.”
The general election is scheduled for February 8, amid claims that PTI is facing obstacles in campaigning. Khan has been in jail since August, grappling with numerous legal challenges.